It has finally happened - a 100-pound jumbo has been taken in Botswana! The fortunate client is Kenneth Behring, who was hunting in the Okavango Delta last month with Game Safaris, PH Chris Collins. The huge jumbo weighed 103 x 99.2 pounds and is the second largest elephant ever reported taken in Botswana. Agent Jeff C. Neal, who booked the safari, says the tusks of the Behring elephant measure 76.5 x 80 inches and are both 22 inches in circumference. Firm records are not available, but it appears that the only elephant larger than this was taken in Botswana back in the 1970s. It is said to have weighed 117 x 110. Interestingly, Neal says the Behring elephant was accompanied by another elephant that is at least as big as the one that was taken. "I have six more clients going for jumbo this year in Botswana," Neal said at press time. "I'll keep you posted on what they take."
Elsewhere, still on the subject of elephants, we have unofficial reports on the following jumbos being downed: a 74 x 72-pounder taken in the general area of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe by Wayne G. Lyster, III (Matapula Hunters, PH Mark Butcher); a 70 x 70-pounder taken in Matetsi Unit 3 in Zimbabwe by Stephen A. Oliver (Inyathi Hunters, PH Gary Rosenfels); a 49 x 45-pounder taken in Matetsi Unit 1 in Zimbabwe by Georges Merle (Hunters and Guides Africa, PHs John Oosthuizen and Bruce Nethersole); and a cow elephant taken in the Omay Concession of Zimbabwe by Embry C. Rucker (Bulembi Safaris, PH Col. Russell Tarr).